Twice a year we have Games Done Quick events, in which there's a full week of speedrunning to raise money for charity. They're hugely popular, and the Summer event raised an eye-watering $1,792,632, which is fantastic.
The January event is running from 7th to 14th January at The Holiday Inn Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Virginia, though the vast majority watch it all online. The charity that'll benefit this time is Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Now the event has unveiled its full schedule, and it's rather interesting. Of note is the fact that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been chosen as the big finale - atz will do the run which requires completion of all main quests with no amiibo. In fact the final stretch is focused on Nintendo, with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World preceding that finale.
You should check out the full schedule, which has plenty of retro Nintendo games along with a broad range of multi-platform and modern titles. It'll be a good watch to get us up and running in the New Year.
All main quests?
Gonna be interesting to see people glitch out the divine beasts completely.
Still disappointed that Super Metroid got left out. Was a pretty nifty tradition
Very surprised to see that Super Metroid didn't make the cut this year, since Save/Kill the animals has always been a huge fundraising goal on its own.
I bet Mario Odyssey will make it in as a donation incentive as well. Hopefully I'll have had enough fun with it by then to let them show me how to ruin it.
Save the animals! Er, save the Divine Beasts...
Whoa seriously? Why? I mean, they had one bad run where almost every runner died early, but that game is like THE game for that event. real bummer.
@RupeeClock Yeah. Super Metroid IS the speedrunning game and seeing it being absent is an obscure omission
Stopped watching agdq ever since they went corporate, their early days were golden and really fun to watch. I think the last one I was hyped for was 2015
They're not doing Super Metroid?? What the heck?
Was refreshing my memory on what the main quests are (there's 12), it seems like visiting shrines is NOT a main quest (though I think you have to visit the ones on the Great Plateau). I'm wondering if the speed runners will skip the shrines entirely then, or if they feel a certain number of the shortest ones are worth it so they can survive some hits...
@ShadJV they'll probably use food items to get yellow hearts and possibly do a few shrines if only for the stamina boost (or they may use food for that as well)
@Oat the question there is, is the time it takes to continually stop and cook food (and make sure to always take a route that gives them the correct ingredients) less than that of a handful of shrines, which are permanent upgrades unlike the food?
I'll get up early for the finale then. Usually the final game is played quite early on Sunday morning my time.
So if there's no run, does that mean the animals are saved or killed by default?
@Malcrash will be interesting to see sow they’ll replace the donations received from “kill or save the animals”
@ShadJV They have to do Shrines to get the Master Sword, but that's it.
@KingMike They are now Schrödinger's Animals. They're both saved and killed until the next time Super Metroid is featured on AGDQ.
Seeing them go for all main quests is nice. I've already seen speedruns directly to Ganon more than enough. I'd love to see them break other parts of the game. Hopefully Odyssey will be in SGDQ!
"eye-watering"? I would go for "inspiring," myself.
@ShadJV another option is that they'll get a hors for most of the on foot travel and then do vah medoh for the revalis gale, then naboris for the op lightning, then ruta for miphas grace and then rudania. I don't think they'll end up doing that many shrines if any at all. There's a place near the faron woods iirc where you can easily farm durians. 1 durian = full heal & 4 yellow hearts
Nice! It's great that it's not just from the plateau to Ganon. A race of BotW could be cool too some time!
Woop! There's also a Super Mario 3D World run! That will be good.
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